Falgu Purnima (Holi) is the festival of colors and joy is here at the door of every Nepalese. Fagu Purnima also named the Holi festival is one of the most fun festivals is celebrated with different vibrant colors and water in Nepal and in India. Holi is celebrated to exchange brotherhood and to celebrate with families and friends.
Falgu Purnima (Holi) is taking place on the full moon day in Falgun month – the 11th month of the Nepali calendar, either in February or March depending on Lunar Calendar. It is also celebrated to welcome the beautiful spring season. The cultural significance of Holi among Hindu traditions is high and is a perfect occasion to let go of your past errors, conflicts, and forgive everyone.
The myth following Falgu Purnima (Holi), reveals that a fiend named Holika together with her brother, an atheist king by the name of Hiranyakasyapu conspired ways to kill his son Pralhad because Pralhad was an ardent devotee of Lord Vishnu. But their attempts always failed for Lord Vishnu protects those who love him. Finally, Holika having received a blessing from Lord Bramha to be immune to fire jumped in with Pralhad. But Brahma’s blessing could only be used for good purposes and so Holika was consumed by the fire whereas Pralhad was saved by the grace of the Gods. Thus, Holi is said to be celebrated to rejoice Holika’s extermination and the traditional bonfires are believed to commemorate her death.
People erect wooden pole and pray it for blessings. Holi is a perfect festival to enjoy in a carefree way with friends and families, get a break from office or school, and eat delicious foods and drinks. The festival is celebrated on the first day in the Hilly and Mountain regions while on the second day in the Terai region. People gather together to put powder colors on each other. Some also paint their face. Water splashes are seen everywhere and kids enjoy this festival the most. Several events take place all over the country like concerts and pool parties where different singers and bands perform while the audience enjoys putting color on each other along with the music playing in the background. Major events take place in cities like Kathmandu, Pokhara, Biratnagar, Chitwan, Butwal, etc.
The streets are full of crowd and everyone becomes known to one another at this festival. You never know when some stranger comes and put color on your face and greets Happy Holi, and you are expected to do the same. People wear white clothes, especially the ones with Happy Holi printed. Kids and youths form their groups and celebrate the festival in their neighborhood or schools.
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